Planning a weekend getaway to Mahabaleshwar? Keep this guide handy to make then most out of your trip! Nestled among the Sahyadri Mountain ranges, there are a lot of enchanting places in Mahabaleshwar. Here is a list of places that you must visit when in this hill station near Pune.
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If you’re a nature and adventure lover, a trek to these falls comes highly recommended. You have to walk through the forest to reach this waterfall which is situated amidst nature, a beautiful spot for picnics, and photography. The best time to visit Lingam Falls is between July and December. The Dhobi waterfall and Chinaman’s waterfall are also located nearby.
Located at a height of 1470 meters above sea level, Arthur’s Seat, also known as Madhi Mahaal, is an interesting place that you must visit because of this one phenomenon- If you throw any lightweight thing from here, down the valley, it comes up back due to the air pressure. Interesting, isn’t it? You have to go to find out more! This place also serves as a beautiful viewpoint.
This majestic fort is rich in history and provides breathtakingly beautiful views of the Western Ghats all around. The fort was built in 1665, and is in ruins today. Nevertheless, a visit is recommended to see the beauty of the heritage that this fort offers. There is also a stunning Mahadev temple in the upper fort, and Bhavani temple in the lower fort.
Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
This temple is situated in the old city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century, and draws in a large crowd daily. This temple is the meeting point of five rivers and also has a holy pond.
This is easily the most visited tourist destination in Mahabaleshwar, and for good reason! This beautiful lake surrounded by trees offers boating to tourists, an experience that helps people enjoy the serenity and breath-taking beauty of the nature around the region. There is also a mini-train ride for kids here.
No trip to Mahabaleshwar is complete without visiting the famous Mapro Gardens. This is the place where all the strawberry jams, crushes and preserves that you see in the city are manufactured. You can even eat the fruit salads, strawberry shakes, and ice creams that are prepared from freshly plucked strawberries.
Elephant’s Head Point
This mountain resembles the shape of an elephant, and is one of the most popular view points in Mahabaleshwar. Visit for fresh air, unmatched views and to enjoy meditative tranquillity of nature.
This was known as Sydney Point earlier, and provides panoramic views of the valley and landscape and is a great place to enjoy a nature trail. Visit to enjoy a good walk, and views of the Pratapgad Fort as well as Elephant’s Head Point!
A hot favourite with the Parsi community (hence the name) this view point provides dazzling views of the landscape all around. You can see the valley as well as Krishna river flowing into it. This is also an ideal picnic spot. Plan a visit around sunset/sunrise to make the most of this viewpoint.
Located at a height of 1294 m above sea level, Babington Point is popular amongst nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. It’s a great place to enjoy peace and tranquillity at, and in monsoons and winters, it gets even better - clouds float in around you, narrow pathways wind through the dense greenery all around, and the freshness of the air makes this a good spot to enjoy a nature break.
Located at 1400mt above sea level, Connaught Peak offers views of Venna Lake and Krishna Valley as well as unparalleled views of Panchgani, Pasarani and Pratapgad Fort. This place is best visited during sunset.
Table Land in Mahabaleshwar is the second highest mountain plateau in Asia, and is located 4550ft above sea level. It has an expansive rocky surface that provides gorgeous views of the Western Ghats, and is best visited during the monsoon, between July - October. You can also go paragliding and horse-riding here.
This is the best sunset point in Mahabaleshwar. Visit during sunset to see the colours of the sky change as the sun makes its way down towards the horizon. This place also serves as a great spot for picnics.
This is also known as the best sunrise point in Mahabaleshwar. It’s located 4710ft above sea level, and sees a beautiful sunset every day of the year. This point has three watch towers from where tourists can see the breathtaking scenic beauty of Mahabaleshwar.
The Moraji Castle has a rich history, according to legend, Mahatma Gandhi had chosen to rest here for bit during his expedition to liberate the Nation. This makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. Visit to admire colonial architecture, the hilly terrain all around, and a scenic road trip to this castle adds to the charm of the experience.
If you love art, you need to visit this wax museum in Mahabaleshwar. This museum showcases statues, sculptures, showpieces and other items made of wax, and is a great place to experience art, creativity and innovation.